Imagine being a new parent – perhaps young, perhaps without a support system, perhaps unable to care for your newborn due to circumstances outside of your control. You’ve tried all you can, yet the stress and demands are too great and it’s just too much. You need immediate relief, but what can you do?
The first moment you see two lines indicating a positive pregnancy test can bring on a flood of emotions and questions, such as: “Why me?”, “How can I or we do this?”, “What am I supposed to do now?” or even, “There’s no way.”
You may feel fear, anxiety, panic or disbelief. Learning of or even suspecting a pregnancy that was not planned can be a major source of mental and emotional upheaval. For many women, facing the reality of an unplanned pregnancy can result in entering crisis mode and feeling immense pressure to make an immediate decision about what to do next.
Abortion may feel like a logical option to consider.
Last week, Birthright of St. Charles participated in the 20th Annual Community Service Summit held every year at Calvary Church Mid Rivers. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for service providers and community members to come together for the purpose of networking and education in order to “build a stronger, healthier, more compassionate community.”
When a woman learns she is facing a crisis or unplanned pregnancy, one of the first questions she may find herself facing is “Where can I turn for help?” In Missouri alone, there are hundreds of resources available, from financial assistance to maternity shelters to pregnancy resource centers such as Birthright. Deciding which resources is the ‘right fit’ for her can understandably be an overwhelming decision.
Below are some criteria to take into consideration when choosing a Pregnancy Resource Center, as well as the ways that Birthright St. Charles works to meet these base standards of care for each of the women that we serve: